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  • Published: 15 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760892807
  • Imprint: Ebury Illustrated
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 296
  • RRP: $34.99

Zen Mamas

Finding your path through pregnancy, birth and beyond




The founders of the popular blog Your Zen Mama share their experiences and tips on becoming a mother – while trying to stay Zen! – in this practical and beautiful book.

Being Zen(ish) is what we call it – and it’s the ish that we endorse!

Teresa Palmer and Sarah Wright Olsen are two mums from opposite sides of the world who are doing their best to raise happy, empathetic children while working, travelling and maintaining their sanity. With six kids between them, the founders of the much-loved Your Zen Mama blog know as well as anyone that motherhood doesn’t exist in the highlight reel of life, and that finding even a fleeting semblance of calm amongst the epic ebbs and flows of being a parent is usually all you can hope for!

So, forget perfection and prepare to get real, vulnerable and dirty (mostly from guacamole) with Sarah and Teresa as they delve into their journeys of motherhood and share some of the knowledge they’ve collected over the years from the Your Zen Mama community, from their expert mentors and through being in the trenches of parenthood themselves. From prepping for pregnancy all the way through to birth, the first twelve weeks with your newborn and figuring out the kind of parent you want to be long-term, they share their personal struggles, joyful moments and hard-won realisations.

Whether it’s dealing with fertility challenges or pregnancy loss, riding out a long and complicated labour or juggling multiple kids (and work!), these mamas have been through it – and have written this gorgeous book to help you find your own glimpses of Zen along the way, too.

  • Pub date: 15 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760892807
  • Imprint: Ebury Illustrated
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 296
  • RRP: $34.99

About the Authors

Sarah Wright Olsen

Teresa Palmer and Sarah Wright Olsen are the founders of the internationally popular blog Your Zen Mama, an online destination for parents that offers open, reassuring and inspiring advice on every step of the parenting journey.

Sarah is a mother of two, Esmé and Wyatt. An actor living in Los Angeles, Sarah has starred in many TV shows and movies including Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, The House Bunny and opposite Tom Cruise in American Made. She is currently working on a show for Netflix called Spinning Out. Sarah is also the co-owner of a plant-based organic mummy/baby skincare line, baeo.

Teresa Palmer

Teresa Palmer and Sarah Wright Olsen are the founders of the internationally popular blog Your Zen Mama, an online destination for parents that offers open, reassuring and inspiring advice on every step of the parenting journey.

Teresa is a mother of three, Bodhi, Forest and Poet, and stepmother to Isaac. She has starred in many major films, including Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, for which she received an AACTA nomination for best supporting actress, and Ride Like a Girl, the biopic of trailblazing Melbourne Cup winner Michelle Payne. She is currently playing the starring role in Sky series A Discovery of Witches while running the plant-based wellness brand Lovewell, which she co-founded with Chrissy Duigan. Teresa splits her time between homes in Adelaide and the Hollywood Hills.


Praise for Zen Mamas

“A beautiful, honest, well-rounded look at conception, pregnancy, motherhood and everything in-between”

Kiddo

“This inspiring and informative book makes an ideal present for those mums seeking to find a semblance of “calm, acceptance and presence among the inevitable pandemonium””

Canberra Weekly

“A refreshingly non-preachy approach to pregnancy, birth and beyond [...] There’s no annoying “you should be doing this” or anxiety-inducing “you must reach these milestone” checklists. Just compassionate, informed advice, peppered with heartfelt (sometimes heartbreaking) accounts of Teresa and Sarah’s own pregnancies”

The Wayward

“A candid and practical guide on remaining Zen while embracing motherhood [...] the perfect companion to keep you company through this uncertain time”

Holidays with Kids


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